After an incredible time in Myanmar, our team headed to the Thai capital of Bangkok . . . Southeast Asia’s gateway city for human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Thailand is a major hub for trafficking victims from other nations with impoverished backgrounds. Women and young girls are forcibly taken or lured with promises of economic opportunity and then taken across borders to work in brothels, usually in destination cities like Bangkok, which is home to at least 10,000 sex workers.
The life of these young women is perilous. They are constantly at risk of disease, exploitation, abuse, drug dependency, malnutrition, and emotional trauma. The majority will remain uneducated, with no opportunity for a better life.
Most are taught to believe that there is no other way they can provide for their families than to continue in the sex trade. It is seen both as their duty and destiny.
These young girls are among the most vulnerable and exploited people on the face of the earth.
World Help is actively committed to bringing the hope and freedom of Christ to victims of Thailand’s sex industry.
Through our partnership with New Beginnings, former prostitutes are experiencing restoration and healing.
Strategically located on the doorstep of Bangkok’s red light district, our program is designed to offer a family-styled atmosphere where young girls and women who desire to escape sex trade can come for safe-haven, fellowship, and support.
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Ladies who decide to enter the program are given the gift of education on every level—from basic schooling all the way up to advanced university courses. Participants may also choose to learn a vocational trade, allowing them to have a lucrative career alternative for earning a living apart from the sex industry.
In every step of restoration, the hope of the Gospel is at the center. Through Bible reading, prayer, counseling sessions, and group study, many of these young women have been set free from their past and are becoming new Christ followers.
I met several of these courageous young women. Their stories were heartbreaking—full of tragedy. I couldn’t begin to imagine the pain they’ve experienced. Even still, one common theme resounded in each story: True freedom can be found in the love of Jesus.
Fai grew up on a struggling farm in a rural area of the country. There were no educational opportunities and her parents were unable to provide for even her most basic needs. Leaving her village behind, Fai moved to Bangkok in hopes that she could find a job to help support her family. Lacking the educational background she needed to pursue a career in business, she began working as a prostitute at the bars. It was an empty, humiliating life.
Fai heard about our program in Bangkok and the opportunity it provided to receive an education. She was immediately embraced by the warmth and kindness of new friends and family and soon learned about Jesus and His irresistible love for her. Through the support of New Beginnings, Fai completed her high school education and is now studying Human Resources and Business at a local university.
As Fai boldly shared her story, her eyes were brimming with hope—her voice, confident and expectant. I knew I was witness to a life totally transformed by the hope of the Gospel.
After enduring years of trauma and abuse, heartache and pain run deep. We cannot undo the past. But we can begin to write the future—a new beginning full of promise and opportunity.
Through time, purposeful investment, and the healing touch of God, we believe these women can be restored to experience full lives characterized by dignity and joy.
We will shine a light. We will reach out a hand. We will offer the hope of new beginnings.